Akron defensive back Dwight Smith
was named to the Football Writers Association of America All-America squad yesterday. The two-time MAC Defensive Player of the Week finished the season with an NCAA-leading 10 interceptions, scoring three touchdowns and recovering three fumbles. Smith also tallied 94 receiving yards while playing offense. A Vern Smith Award nominee, he helped lead Akron to its second straight winning season with a 6-5 record, marking the first time the Zips have accomplished that feat since joining the Division I-A football ranks.
The FWAA has announced an All-America team since the 1944 season. It is the second-longest continuously-published team in major-college football.
Making the team were Miami linebacker Dan Morgan, defensive back Edward Reed, offensive lineman Joaquin Gonzalez and kick returner Santana Moss. Collectively, they have sparked the Hurricanes to a 9-1 record this season. Oklahoma quarterback Josh Heupel, who led the Sooners to victories over Texas, Kansas State and Nebraska in successive games in October, plus Sooners defensive star, linebacker Rocky Calmus, were selected as All-Americas. Florida State wide receiver Marvin Minnis and defensive end Jamal Reynolds also made the team.
Earlier the FWAA announced five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which is awarded to the best defensive player in college football. Those players, all on the FWAA All-America team, are: Morgan, Tennessee defensive tackle John Henderson, Missouri defensive end Justin Smith, California defensive end Andre Carter and North Carolina State linebacker Levar Fisher.
Three finalists for the FWAAs Outland Trophy, which has been awarded to the best interior lineman in college football since 1946, will be named on Nov. 30.
QB-Josh Heupel, Oklahoma
RB-LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU
RB-Damien Anderson, Northwestern
TE-Brian Natkin, Texas El-Paso
WR-Marvin Minnis, Florida State
WR-Antonio Bryant, Pittsburgh
C-Dominic Raiola, Nebraska
OL-Chris Brown, Georgia Tech
OL-Steve Hutchinson, Michigan
OL-Leonard Davis, Texas
OL-Joaquin Gonzalez, Miami, Fla.
K-Jonathon Ruffin, Cincinnati
KR-Santana Moss, Miami, Fla.
DL-Jamal Reynolds, Florida State
DL-John Henderson, Tennessee
DL-Justin Smith, Missouri
DL-Andre Carter, California
LB-Levar Fisher, North Carolina State
LB-Dan Morgan, Miami, Fla.
LB-Rocky Calmus, Oklahoma
DB-Jamar Fletcher, Wisconsin
DB-Dwight Smith, Akron
DB-Edward Reed, Miami, Fla.
DB-Lito Sheppard, Florida
P-Brian Morton, Duke